What kind of a moron brings a gun a to a snowball fight? Apparently a veteran police detective in Washington D.C.:
An off-duty Washington D.C. police detective went berserk and began waving his gun around when his Hummer was pelted with snowballs during this weekend’s storm.
“Yes I did (pull my gun), because I got hit with snowballs!” the cop said in a video of the confrontation posted to YouTube by a witness.
He identified himself as Det. Baylor or Det. Bailey – the video’s sound is unclear.
D.C. Police, who say they are investigating the Saturday incident, did not identify the officer but said he is a veteran detective.
The Washington City Paper published a photo of the cop with his gun drawn but pointed at the ground.
Here’s video of the incident courtesy of Reason TV:
I don’t see anything in that video that justifies the detective drawing his gun… Sure he got hit in the face with a snowball, but that in and of itself doesn’t justify pulling a gun. The best thing he could have done was stayed in his car, pulled down block and called for backup. By getting out of his car when and where he did he escalated the situation unnecessarily. Police work is tough enough already and all incidents like this do broaden the divide between the police and the public they serve.
Oh and for the record, throwing snowballs at a moving car in the middle of snow storm is a monumentally stupid thing to do!
- Snowball fight takes dangerous turn when police officer draws gun – Washington Post
- Cop Admits to Pulling Gun on Snowballers – NBC Washington
Snowball Fight Takes Dark Turn – WJLA TV